My Notebook: Part III

Chris Wood Master Class

“Finding Your Voice”

He starts out by playing examples by masters who are instantly recognizable. Why are they so recognizable? What is it about their sound and their style of playing that makes them identifiable?

If you are attracted to someones playing, it’s because there is a piece of “your voice” in them. So go ahead and borrow from them because eventually whatever part of them that in you will shine through in your playing.

“Wrong and Strong” “Listen to Tensions by Mingus”

A source of MMW’s power is the “competition among the band to find obscure recordings and try to blow the other guys’ minds and then interpreting that piece of music into songs

Create your own ethnic music

Practicing – How you choose to practice determines your voice. Whatever you choose to practice comes out when you least expect it.

Practicing is one of a musician’s sources of power because it grounds you in the confidence that you’ve put in your time

Dissect solos and learn to play them. Then take their phrasing and switch it up. Play the same rhythms with different tones or vice-versa


About campmmwblog

I've been playing electric bass for just over 17 years now. I live in Greenpoint Brooklyn and have so for the last 5 years. My musical fervor and inspiration have slowed a little (which is one of the reasons I'm sooooo looking forward to Camp MMW) but since the New Year I have been experimenting heavily with writing, specifically blogging. I had the idea to document the events leading up to Camp MMW 2011. Once I found out the team at MMW Headquarters was cool with it, I set up this blog. Enjoy
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